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5 Things to Consider When Refinancing Your Home

Most homeowners consider the major financial decision of refinancing their home at some point during their lives. When done wisely, refinancing can be used to secure better terms for your mortgage, lower your monthly mortgage bill, build equity faster, or tap into existing home equity to cover large expenses.

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6 Ways You Can Increase the Value of Your Home

Buying a home is a major life achievement. But it’s also an investment in your financial future. While regular mortgage payments build up equity in your home over time, there are upgrades and changes you can make to your home that increase its value quickly, resulting in a big return on your investment.

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What You Need to Know Before Starting a Home Renovation

If you’re planning your first home renovation project, you’re probably feeling a mix of excitement and anxiety. Home renovations can transform your living experience and improve your comfort and quality of life, but the process of making these renovations can be costly and time-consuming and exhaust homeowners with an endless stream of decisions.

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Home Improvement Projects: DIY or Hire a Professional?

Whether you’re embarking on a home improvement project to increase your home’s value or simply to make your home more comfortable to live in, one of the first choices to make is whether to do it yourself or hire a professional. 

To make this decision, you’ll need to balance a number of different factors specific to each project. Here’s a quick guide to help you make the decision that’s best for you and your home.

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What to Look for When Purchasing Your First Home

If you’re a first-time home buyer, you might not know exactly what to look for when considering a home. From the house itself to the financial terms of the purchase, there are a lot of new terms to learn. 

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How Much Do You Really Need to Purchase Your First Home?

When you’re trying to purchase your first home, saving up for a down payment can be a long, difficult process. And it can be confusing; while one financial expert may recommend a certain percentage amount, another expert might disagree. 

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To Rent or Buy? That is the Question for Millennials

Every family wants to own a home, but with flat wages and rising real estate prices, more people are starting to believe renting a home is the wiser choice. But is a home purchase really beyond your reach? If you take a hard look at your finances, you may find that mortgage payments would be about the same amount as paying monthly rent, and you get more for your money.

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Considering Home Ownership? 8 Things to Look for When Buying a Home

Home ownership is still a core part of the American Dream. In many ways, home ownership provides a degree of financial security. A home is an asset that tends to increase in value, which means that if you buy today, your property could be worth substantially more tomorrow. However, actually buying a home can be frightening, especially for first-time home buyers.

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How to Start Saving for Your First Home With No Additional Money

Every family dreams of owning their own home, but saving the money you need for a down payment can feel daunting. However, you may not need as much money as you think, and with the right financial planning, you can build up enough savings for the down payment you need.

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Smart Budgeting for Your Next Home Renovation

Deciding to remodel your home can be a massive undertaking. But because of the benefits it provides, more and more Americans are renovating their homes. In 2017, homeowners were expected to invest upwards of $316 billion in home remodeling, compared to the $296 billion they invested in 2016, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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